Sony and TriStar Pictures have won a bidding war for I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a biopic based on the life of the late Whitney Houston. The film will be released Thanksgiving of 2022. Bohemian Rhapsody screenwriter Anthony McCarten will pen the script, which will be directed by Stella Meghie. The movie also has the full support of Whitney‘s estate.
I Wanna Dance With Somebody is “meant to cover her prime as a performer, including her work on The Bodyguard and her legendary performance of the national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl, while alluding to her tragic death in 2012. The film will also feature many of Houston’s hit songs.”
Clive Davis is producing the film, along with Pat Houston on behalf of Whitney’s estate. Clive said in a statement: “From all my personal and professional experience with Whitney from her late teenage years to her tragic, premature death, I know the full Whitney Houston story has not yet been told. I am so glad that Anthony McCarten has committed to a no holds barred, musically rich screenplay that finally reveals the whole Whitney whose vocal genius deeply affected the world while she bravely battled the demons that were to be her undoing.”
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